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The Smith Mountain Project, including Smith Mountain and Leesville Lakes, is an important part of the local landscape and surrounding communities. It is also home for thousands of people and a scenic recreation destination for those who enjoy fishing, boating, and water sports. The project provides clean energy, drinking water, and a habitat for fish and wildlife, as well as serving as an economic driver for the area.

The lakes and surrounding areas need protection to maintain the project's ecosystem and continue to provide a sense of beauty, peace, and enjoyment for all. As licensee, Appalachian Power is required to develop a shoreline management plan that ensures protection and enhancement of the project's resources. With significant, valuable input from the community, this plan was last updated and approved by the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2014.

Together, we can protect this valuable community for all to enjoy.

Shoreline Management PlanThis comprehensive plan manages multiple resources and uses of the lakes' shorelines so they are consistent with Appalachian Power's license requirements with FERC.


  1. Federal Power Act Sections 10(A)(1) and 4(e)
  2. Article 41
  3. Boat Density Mapping
  4. Shoreline Classifications
  5. 1/3 of the Cove Methodology
  6. List of Native Plants
  7. Guidance for Preparing Shoreline Development Applications
  8. Fish Habitat Information

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Shoreline Permits

Apply for a permit for a new structure, shoreline stabilization or vegetation.

Status of Property Request

Find out if your property is in compliance with the Shoreline Management Plan.


If you suspect a violation of the Shoreline Management Plan, we can investigate.